Beijing shopping streets, heaven on earth for the shopaholics amongst us, and a must-do when visiting Beijing, preferably on a Beijing tour with us at ChinaTours.com.
Now, you may think, “Wait a second. Doesn’t ChinaTours.com have a strict no shopping stop policy?”
You are absolutely right. We value our guides and drivers and therefore pay them fair wages so they don’t need to rely on the commission received from forced shopping-stops for income.
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t go on a shopping spree on your Bejing tour. Our guides are always happy to point out the best Beijing shopping streets to you.
Want to have a little pre-shopping fun? We made you a list of the top 10 Beijing shopping streets you must visit when in China.
#1 Hustle and bustle on Wangfujing Street
Number one in our top 10 of Beijing shopping streets is Wangfujing Street (or Wangfujing Dajie). It’s one of Beijing’s oldest shopping streets, and internationally famous for its unique shopping culture. Wangfujing Street is a lively street where you’ll find anything from the quaintest, traditional curio shops to the newest, cutting-edge designer stores.
Wangfujing Street is within walking distance from Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, and easily accessible by public transport. Ask your guide how to get there, or make sure you download the app CityMaps2Go before your journey.
#2 Glitter and glamour on Xidan Commercial Street
There’s something for everyone at Xidan Commercial Street. You could easily spend the whole day feasting your eyes on the many big brands and small boutiques standing side by side in this modern Beijing shopping street. Every day, locals and foreign travelers alike, swarm into Xidan Commercial Street to seek pleasure in shopping. At night, Xidan Commercial Street turns into a fairytale, with its glittering lights and glamorous entertainment. Xidan Commercial Street is located in the Xicheng district and is easy to get to by public transport.
#3 Trend meets tradition on Qianmen Street
Travel back in time to Beijing’s oldest commercial area. Qianmen Street is a bustling area, packed with time-honored stores. No large shopping malls here, just clusters of old, traditional shops, polished by time. There’s an old-fashioned tram running through the street, and beautiful vintage lights make the place worthy for a late-night stroll. Qianmen Street is a vivid epitome of almost 600 years of commercial history in Beijing. Tucked away in the ancient-style buildings, you can find anything, from modern shops to traditional Chinese medicine, luxurious silk, and quirky, old bookstores. Qianmen Street is located near Tiananmen Square and is easily accessible by public transport.
#4 Bargain hunting on Silk Street
An absolute must Beijing shopping experience is an authentic Chinese shopping experience in Silk Street. Silk Street in the Chaoyang District is the place to be. Catch a late-afternoon bus or metro there, and marvel at the abundance of Chinese specialties, such as silk, tea, and pearls, or bargain with the local shop owners, some of whom speak several foreign languages. Besides shopping, there’s a good chance you’ll encounter some artisan action too. Watch a craftsman mold a Tianjin clay figurine, or admire the art of Zhejiang paper cutting.
#5 Silver Street, a local’s hotspot
Shop like a local in Silver Street, the ultimate favorite of the Beijing locals. This 2.7 kilometers long street is located in th